Lawyer Profile Detail
William D. Black
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Toronto
William Black is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice consists primarily of civil litigation with an emphasis on professional negligence and commercial litigation. In addition, Mr. Black’s practice focuses in the conduct of trials and appeals in civil cases and before administrative tribunals.
Mr. Black has extensive experience with professional liability claims and proceedings in the context of:
- engineering - prosecuted matters for the Association of Professional Engineers for 15 years and was involved in various civil actions involving all manner of engineering issues;
- mining - has acted for clients in litigation over environmental contamination from mining operations, and in connection with shareholder disputes relative to mining properties;
- medicine - represented the Canadian Medical Protective Association and its members at all levels of court and various tribunals for 18 years; and
- accounting - represented accounting firms in claims relating to auditors’ liability and other matters.
In addition, Mr. Black has acted for a number of banks, shareholders and businesses in a wide range of commercial disputes.
Mr. Black has spoken and written on a number of topics, including privacy issues, privilege, risk management, various medico-legal issues, and on advocacy. He is a member of faculty at the University of Toronto Law School, teaching in the Trial Advocacy class.
He received his BA (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1983, and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1987. Mr. Black was called to the Ontario bar in 1989.
Franchisors: What Are You Doing to Protect Your Brand?
The Court of Appeal Clarifies Interplay Between the Limitations Act, 2002 and the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000
The SCC Clarifies the “Real and Substantial Connection” Test
Discovery: Obtaining Full and Effective Disclosure
Ontario Court Considers Franchise Disclosure Obligations When Right of First Refusal is Triggered
Common Interest Privilege Applied Again in Context of Commercial Transactions: B.C. Court of Appeal Endorses Growing Recognition of Privilege for Commercial Counterparties
Transactions & Cases
Ontario Superior Court of Justice grants defendants motion for summary judgment in class action